Happy New Year and New Decade! A new year is always full of wonderful possibilities and opportunities. I always enjoy picking out my wall calendars for home and work.
I like calendars with scenery, especially the one from Iowa Outdoors Magazine with pictures from around Iowa. Dolly in the cartoon Family Circus says "If the pictures in this calendar are right, this year's gonna be very pretty." I also have a personal planner. At the beginning of the year, I go through each month, jotting down birthdays and important events. Hopefully, it helps me stay organized!
Looking ahead in my planner, the children's summer program will be "Make a Splash -- Read!" (It's been a very frigid start to 2010, and I guess that's why I'm focusing on summer!) The program will either be the week of July 19th or July 26th. I've already planned some exciting guests for our program. Crafts are a big part of our summer program and story hour, so I'm looking for new ideas and projects. We've had some generous donations of craft materials that will be very useful this summer. We've also had a donation of children's books that I'm looking forward to sharing with the kids.
Tuesdays in my planner are scheduled for "A Really Good Yarn" from 1:00 to 4:30 at the library. When the library was closed due to bad weather a few weeks ago, we all missed our Tuesday afternoon yarn club. "Green Thumb Gardeners" are on Thursdays in my planner from 5-6:00. According to some newspaper articles I've read recently, now is the time to plan a garden. That's also what our garden club experts recommend. Our seed catalogs are arriving, and we're getting our orders ready. Last year, our club had a seed exchange in January, but we've decided to wait to do this until March this year. I'll let you know when we get the date set (another important event in my planner!).
This new year, I'll be updating my "books to read" list. I read some excellent books last year; including The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The River Wife by Jonis Agee (FYI -- she lives just north of Omaha), and The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. I'm hoping one of my favorite authors, Billie Letts, will have a new book out this year. If not, I have plenty of other books on my list to read.
Here's another cartoon quote, this time from Lucy in the Charlie Brown comic strip: "The years go by too fast....We need bigger years!" And I agree. Until next time, keep on reading.